MANILA, Philippines - Good news: Departing passengers for international flights will soon no longer have to line up to pay terminal fees at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and international air carrier representatives have agreed to include the international passenger service charge (IPSC), commonly known as terminal fees, in the price of airline tickets starting October 2014.
"(This new policy) improves traveling convenience and efficiency at NAIA by removing a whole process which unnecessarily adds to the passengers’ processing time, requiring them to line up when payment can be done ahead of time,” Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya said in a statement.
The integration of the terminal fee in airline tickets will lessen the queuing time for departing passengers at the NAIA, as well as free up a sizable area at the airport since the terminal fee counters will be removed.
The Philippines is currently the only ASEAN country that collects terminal fees at the airport.
The MIAA is set to sign the memorandum of agreement with air carriers later this month. Under the deal, the terminal fee will be integrated by default in the tickets, whether purchased online or through ticketing offices or travel agents.
While the integration program will begin in October 2014, there is a one-year transition period that will end in September 2015. Full implementation of the policy will be in October 2015.
MIAA collects a P550 terminal fee for the maintenance of the airport (P390) and aviation security (P60), while P100 goes to the national government.
For domestic flights from NAIA, the P200 terminal fee has been included in airline tickets since August 2012.
The DOTC is currently undertaking the rehabilitation of NAIA Terminal 1, and completion works at Terminal 3.